Mediaeval Studies

M.Litt in Mediaeval Studies

This innovative degree is an introduction to the growing field of interdisciplinary Mediaeval Studies. The course will equip students with knowledge of different theoretical approaches, current debates and the nature of cross and inter-disciplinary work. It is designed to be flexible enough to cater for students from different academic backgrounds and with different career plans, furnishing those who wish to go on to further research with the technical and interpretative skills needed for research degrees. Thus, for example, it provides for historians wishing to work with literary criticism, or language graduates requiring training in the methods of history or history of art. Students will be able to choose their own areas of specialism, working on already established interests and/or developing new ones. The degree draws on the long-established and recognised strengths in Mediaeval Studies available across the Faculty of Arts. Teaching is provided by staff whose interests range from late antiquity to the fifteenth century and across the Mediaeval World, from the Middle East and the Mediterranean, to the British Isles and Scandinavia.

The course is centred on a year long, 40 credit core module taught by staff from the four participating Schools (History, History of Art, English and Modern Languages) which will examine a range of theoretical approaches and debates central to the study of the Middle Ages and introduce the students to different technical skills applied to a common body of sources. This is complemented by 20 credit training modules in Palaeography and Latin or Greek, or another core language if the student already has sufficient competence to cope with palaeography. Students planning to work on the Middle East may substitute the 40 credit, year-long Arabic language module. All students will also take either a discipline-specific 20 credit approaches module and a 20 credit special topic module, or one of the interdisciplinary special topic modules available .

Students who successfully complete the coursework, obtaining a mark of 13.5 out of 20, will be allowed to continue to the Masters dissertation, a 15.000 word piece of research leading to the MLitt degree

For further information about the M. Litt. in Mediaeval Studies degree please visit the St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies website or contact the Institute by email to

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